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Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2012
If it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, middle-class children are more likely than their lower-income peers to grow up learning how to make the gears of the education system turn smoothly. Working-class parents, meanwhile, tend to raise their children to avoid conflict and be self-sufficient in problem-solving, an Indiana University…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, White Students, Advocacy
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2011
Detroit's troubled school system remains in emergency management, its enrollment dwindling and its labor-management relations contentious. Yet in spite of those challenges, a school there is making a bid to innovate with many of the formal structures that have long guided not just teachers' roles, but also how students are organized in classes. At…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Urban Schools, Educational Innovation, Teacher Role
Sawchuk, Stephen – Education Week, 2010
The most rigorous experimental study of performance-based teacher compensation ever conducted in the United States shows that a nationally watched bonus-pay system had no overall impact on student achievement--results that are certain to set off a firestorm of debate. The study, known as POINT for the Project on Incentives in Teaching, was a…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Incentives, Teacher Salaries, Academic Achievement
Viadero, Debra – Education Week, 2010
Spurred by a succession of reports pointing to the importance of algebra as a gateway to college, educators and policymakers embraced "algebra for all" policies in the 1990s and began working to ensure that students take the subject by 9th grade or earlier. A trickle of studies suggests that in practice, though, getting all students past…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade 9, Grade 8, Grade 7
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2009
Through order and English immersion, a network of charter schools strives to turn Latino students into informed citizens and leaders inside and outside the community. Chicago-based United Neighborhood Organization, or UNO, is a Latino advocacy group with a history of community organizing. The group recently received a $98 million grant from the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Grants, Hispanic Americans, Advocacy
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2009
Many students at the Edward Coles Model for Excellence World Language Academy or the Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago--schools that takes part in the Striving Readers program--say they came to enjoy reading for the first time or became better readers through the program, now in its fourth year. The federal program supports the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Literature Appreciation